The study of communication is one of the oldest but still most contemporary of disciplines. The field examines important questions about society, communication, and persuasion in a way that combines the best of the ancient liberal arts tradition with the critical attention to the newest media technologies. In courses such as persuasion, argument, interpersonal communication, political rhetoric, rhetoric of science, nonverbal communication, history of media, media criticism, and television and society, our faculty offer diverse views on the roles of communication, media, and rhetoric in our lives.
A degree in communication is not vocational in design, although many of the Department of Communication’s graduates hold important positions in industry, education, the media, government, law, and various other professions. An understanding of communication as a human activity, as defined above, makes the department’s graduates attractive candidates when seeking employment or obtaining admission to graduate programs. For more information on the major or the Department of Communication, see www.comm.pitt.edu.